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PALIĆ 2021

European Film Festival Palić announces its line-up and the Lifka awards laureates

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- The Official Selection consists of 12 European films while 17 other Eastern European titles will be presented in the Parallels and Encounters competition programme

European Film Festival Palić announces its line-up and the Lifka awards laureates
Nun of Your Business by Ivana Marinić Kragić

The 28th edition of the European Film Festival Palić (17-23 July) will be held physically in several locations in the Serbian towns of Palić and Subotica, including in the Abazija cinema, considered to be the oldest theatre in the former Yugoslavia built in 1925 for this particular purpose. As many as 130 European films will be presented in the pre-festival programme and the main events, and many of them will be Serbian premieres.

Among the 12 titles in the Official Selection are the British-American film The Mauritanian [+see also:
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by Kevin MacDonald and The Duke [+see also:
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by Roger Michell, as well as Anne Zohra Berrached’s Copilot [+see also:
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, Dénes Nagy’s Natural Light [+see also:
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(Silver Bear for Best Director) and Ferit Karahan’s Brother’s Keeper [+see also:
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, presented first at this year’s Berlinale. Another three titles from the selection will be heading to Palić straight from Cannes: Bruno Dumont’s France [+see also:
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, Kirill Serebrennikov's Petrov’s Flu [+see also:
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, and Joachim Trier’s Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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, which completes his Oslo Trilogy. Representative for the region are A Blue Flower [+see also:
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interview: Zrinko Ogresta
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by Zrinko Ogresta (Croatia), Only Human [+see also:
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interview: Igor Ivanov
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by Igor Ivanov (North Macedonia), I Never Cry [+see also:
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by Piotr Domalewski (Poland) which started its international journey from San Sebastian, and Impure Blood - Sin of Ancestors by Serbian director Milutin Petrović, which will celebrate its world premiere in Palić.

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The rich and diverse competition programme Parallels and Encounters for Eastern European films showcases two films made by Russian directors: the documentary A Boy by Vitaly Akimov and the tango drama Parquet [+see also:
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by veteran Aleksandr Mindadze. Another two are conceived by Latvians – Laila Pakalnina’s socially critical fairy tale In the Mirror [+see also:
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and Reinis Kalviņš’s criminal drama The Shift, while Hungary presents three titles: Balint Biro’s Dust, Krasznahorkai Balázs’s Ravine and K. Kovács ÁkosBranka. The Lithuanian documentary A Devil Jumping Around directed by Zephir Moreels and Alban Mercier digs into the deeply rooted pagan tradition in Lithuania that survived Catholicism, while Nun of Your Business by Croatian Ivana Marinić Kragić, which won the Audience award at ZagrebDox, portrays two nuns in love who abandon the convent. The Serbian films in the selection are the latest Oscar entry King Peter the First [+see also:
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by Petar Ristovski and the romantic drama The Spring Poem by Natalija Avramović; Montenegro is represented by the short fiction Rainbow by Aleksandar Vujović which participated in numerous festivals worldwide. The remaining films in competition are well travelled as well: Pavel G. Vesnakov’s German Lessons [+see also:
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(Bulgaria), Ru Hasanov’s The Island Within [+see also:
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(Azerbaijan), Alexandre Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
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(Georgia), Azra Deniz Okyay’s Ghosts [+see also:
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(Turkey), and the Canadian-Bosnian co-production The White Fortress [+see also:
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by Igor Drljača.

The annual Alexander Lifka Awards, named after the acclaimed Yugoslavian cinematographer and travelling movie theatre owner, which are given for outstanding contribution to European cinema, will go to Serbian actor Aleksandar Berček (Promise Me This [+see also:
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, Circles [+see also:
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interview: Srdan Golubovic
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) and German director Christian Petzold. This year’s Underground Spirit Award laureate is the producer Ada Solomon, known for her internationally successful Romanian New Wave projects, while another Special Honorary Aleksandar Lifka Award for contribution to regional cinema will be introduced for the first time and given to Slovenian actress Milena Zupančić (Slovenia the Promised Land, Good to Go [+see also:
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).

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